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CANCELED 32nd Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture: Dr. Lewis Ziska

Event Details

April 22, 2020
5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: Amherst Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Nicole Goldstein

This event has been canceled. The  Department of Nutrition welcomes internationally renowned plant physiologist and climate change expert Dr. Lewis Ziska, associate professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University, for a talk titled "Fossil Fuels and Food: Fun Facts and Future Fear." Dr. Ziska examines the nexus of climate change, carbon dioxide, plant biology and public health.

Preceding the lecture, the department will hold a student research poster session and its annual scholarship award ceremony from 4:00 - 5:30 pm.
Hors d’oeuvres will be provided. This program is free and open to all.

About Dr. Ziska:

Lewis Ziska, PhD is a Plant Physiologist formerly with the USDAs Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Ziska has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles related to climate change and rising carbon dioxide that address: agriculture and food security; invasive species; and plant biology and public health. Dr. Ziska was a contributor to the 2014 International Panel on Climate Change report (Food Security Chapter); the 2014 National Climate Assessment (Public Health Chapter); and most recently, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. Prior to the USDA, Dr. Ziska was a Smithsonian fellow and later took up residence as the Project Leader for global climate change at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. Dr. Ziska’s work has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, CBS Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His most recent book is: Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security in the 21st Century: Our Daily Bread.


The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

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Event Category

Lecture/Talk/Panel Nutrition